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All Things Considered
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Happy musicThe musicians record their songs
    Our three musicians have had two weeks to create a song using Adam Levy's lyrics as a starting point, and "The Wizard of Oz" as their inspiration. We check in as they finish up their songs.4:48 p.m.
  • Ford RangerFord plant workers get a reprieve
    The Ford plant in St. Paul got a two-year reprieve today. The plant was scheduled to close next year, but will keep producing the Ranger compact truck through 2011.5:20 p.m.
  • John McCain and Barack ObamaPoll: McCain gains on Obama in Minn.
    The latest independent poll shows an extremely tight presidential race in Minnesota. The poll conducted by Quinnipiac University shows the race between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama in a dead heat.5:50 p.m.
  • Gov. Tim PawlentySpeculation grows about Pawlenty's political future
    Speculation is growing among political pundits and others that Gov. Tim Pawlenty could become Republican presidential nominee John McCain's choice for Vice President.5:55 p.m.
  • The Cinema of UrgencyCinema of Urgency examines civil liberties
    The Walker Art Center is launching a new film series exploring human rights, government secrecy and American culture. It's called "Cinema of Urgency."6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Ford Shifts Production Focus To Smaller Cars
    After posting an $8.7 billion loss for the second quarter on Thursday, Ford announces plans to switch manufacturing operations at three North American plants from trucks to small cars. The auto industry has seen a dramatic decline in truck and SUV sales in recent months as consumers react to high gas prices.
  • Texas' Bid For Ethanol Waiver Spurs Debate
    The Environmental Protection Agency wants more time to decide whether to grant Texas a waiver from the federal mandate for ethanol in gasoline. Margaret Kriz, an energy and environmental correspondent for National Journal, says the debate could be a political hot potato.
  • NASCAR Feels Pinch Of High Gas Prices
    Gas prices have spiked over the past year and the rise is really hammering NASCAR. Not only is attendance at stock-car races starting to decline, but the teams are being squeezed, too. And even NASCAR's sponsors are feeling the pinch.
  • Fuel Oil Spill Halts Some Traffic On Mississippi River
    A river barge collided with an oil tanker, sending more than 400,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Mississippi River and halting some river traffic. Mark Schleifstein, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, says the spill is costing the Port of New Orleans $100,000 per day.
  • Mental Health Program Aids Katrina Survivors
    In Almost three years after Hurricane Katrina, people are moving back to St. Bernard Parish, La. Some, however, are starting to relive the storm's horrors. One group that has helped them is starting a mental health program.
  • On Russian Disarmament, Candidates Agree
    Both John McCain and Barack Obama support nuclear disarmament of Russia. McCain, however, wants to go one step further, kicking Russia out of the G-8.
  • With Eye On U.S. Audience, Obama Speaks In Berlin
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's speech in Berlin Thursday dealt with road foreign policy issues. But the address was more to convince American voters of his foreign policy credentials than to impress foreign leaders.
  • Karadzic's Arrest Brings Mixed Feelings In Sarajevo
    Radovan Karadzic's arrest on war crimes charges was met with a burst of celebration in the streets of Sarajevo, which suffered a brutal siege at the hands of Bosnian Serb militias loyal to Karadzic during the Bosnian war. But many citizens of Sarajevo are bitter that he was able to live on the lam for 13 years.
  • Eco-Friendly Books Explore The Literary Green
    Reading words printed on dead trees doesn't automatically translate into saving the planet. But by encouraging us to reevaluate the world around us, these three books offer a vision of a different path forward.
  • Online Plea Spurs Gardeners To Aid Texas Woman
    In East Texas, a divorced mother can't pay the higher rent her landlord wants, so she's moving out. Scores of gardeners from across the state are helping her move her lush garden of shrubs, trees and beloved day lilies to her new home, one plant at a time.

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